USA Hamburger chain White Castle to test out Flippy kitchen robot to cut down on human contact with food
this will be very interesting. robots don't need 15 minute breaks and lunch breaks and don't call in sick. this will be very good for businesses, bad for minimum wage earners who want to work in the kitchen
July 14, 2020
White Castle has plans to usher robots into the kitchen.
The burger chain announced a partnership with the artificial intelligence firm Miso Robotics on Tuesday. Under the collaboration, White Castle will deploy Flippy, a hamburger flipping robot, later this year.
The idea is to reduce human contact with food during the cooking process and comes after many restaurants were crippled due to the pandemic, White Castle said in a statement.
"The deployment will put autonomous frying to work for enhanced production speeds, improved labor allocation and an added layer of health and safety in the cooking process," the burger chain said.
The restaurant didn't address how many workers could be displaced by robots. Though it did say that "team members can be redeployed to more customer-experience driven tasks."
White Castle has 365 restaurants nationwide and is well-known for its sliders, which you can buy frozen from supermarkets like Target and Walmart. Founded in 1921, it's also one of the oldest fast-food chains in the U.S.
Miso Robotics claims to have created the "world's first autonomous robotic kitchen assistant that can learn from its surroundings and acquire new skills over time."
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